TR Institute – FAQ regarding Registration for Classes
Q: What are the Certificate Programs currently being offered at TR Institute?
A. We are currently offering three Certificate Programs:
1) Certificate in Biblical Studies, which requires 27 Qtr hrs, and is offered as a 1 year program.
2) Certificate in Biblical and Religious Studies, which requires 58 Qtr hrs, and is offered as a 2 year program.
3) Certificate in Advance Biblical and Religious Studies, which requires 87 Qtr hrs, and is offered in a 3 year program.
Q: If I enroll in one of the three Certificate Programs, does this mean I must finish the program in the time frame as set forth for the Program, or can I take longer? For instance, if I were to enroll in the One Year Program (Certificate in Biblical Studies), may I take fewer courses each quarter, meaning it may take me two or three years to complete the Program?
A: Yes, students may take longer to complete a given program, in accordance with their schedules, finances, etc. However, you should be advised that the quarter in which classes are offered may vary, meaning you may have to wait for a required class to be offered before you can complete your Program.
Q: May I enroll in classes I choose rather than being tied to a Certificate Program?
A: Yes, you may choose to enroll in a class or in classes independent of being enrolled in a given Certificate Program. However, if you anticipate the possibility that you might eventually want to complete one of the Certificate Programs, you should declare such intentions at the beginning of your studies at TRI so that the classes you do complete will qualify for the given Certificate Program you have chosen.
Q: Do I have to pay for the class or classes in which I enroll all at once, or may I make weekly or monthly payments to pay for the tuition and course fees?
A. Yes, you may make weekly or monthly payments for tuition and class fees. However, the full tuition and fees for any given class must be made by the end of the 9th week of the Quarter. Students who have outstanding balances for tuition and/or fees will not be allowed to take final examinations, and final grades will not be given until tuition and/or fees are paid in full.
Q: Will TR Institute be offering any scholarships or financial aid for students who are unable to pay tuition and/or class fees?
A: We hope to be able to offer some scholarships as well as some financial aid. A student will need to request a scholarship or financial aid, and the determination for those students who qualify for either will be made on a case-by-case basis. The application form (available here) for the certificate programs will also be used for requesting financial aid. Students need to complete the part of the application required for two and three year programs students(even if they do not intend to enroll in these programs). You will need to include the application, letters of recommendation, academic transcripts, and an autobiographical essay (to include your circumstances for needing financial aid).
Q: Will TR Institute have required textbooks for sale, or will I need to purchase them elsewhere?
A. Textbooks for most classes must be purchased from other sources than TR Institute. Instructors will indicate booksellers that carry the required textbook for the course they are teaching. Some of the textbooks will be available directly from the TorahResource online store.
Q: What if I have unexpected situations during the Quarter which prevent me from completing the class requirements? Will tuition and/or fees be returned and will I be able to take the class over without penalty?
A: Certain contingencies will be accepted as sufficient reason for not completing the class, and upon acceptance, a refund or credit of tuition will be granted. A request in writing for such a refund will need to be initiated by the student requesting a refund.
Q: What time of the day will I need to log into TR Institute in order to listen to the class for which I’m enrolled, and participate?
A: All of the classes at TR Institute are pre-recorded. You will be required to download the audio file for the week’s class and listen to the lecture on your own schedule, so there is no set time for you to log in. However, assignments will need to be completed (including listening to the class lectures) in a timely fashion in order to complete the course in a satisfactory fashion.
Q: Are the lectures in audio format or video format?
A: All of the classes except for language classes (Hebrew & Greek) are in audio format. The language classes are in video format, as teaching a language often requires a visual component as well as an audio component.